VALDOSTA — Moody Air Force Base released the following statement today:
A contingent of A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft and pilots from the 74th Fighter Squadron (23d Fighter Group) are scheduled to return home from a deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Tuesday. The Airmen maintained, equipped and flew the A-10C Thunderbolt II, providing the A-10's unparalleled air-to-ground capabilities in support of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen in Afghanistan.
In addition to family and friends, welcoming the Airmen home will be the Lowndes High School Georgia Bridgemen marching band. The Bridgemen are a nationally recognized musical ensemble numbering more than 475 members who perform at all Lowndes varsity football games and other events.
Moody is the home of the Air Force's legendary "Flying Tigers" and continues that tradition today with over 1,300 Airmen deployed around the world supporting contingency operations. The 23d Wing's mission is to organize, train and equip Airmen to rapidly deploy and execute the Global Precision Attack, Personnel Recovery and Agile Combat Support service core functions to meet worldwide Combatant Commander requirements.